The ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities resurrected Miss Tourism Uganda last year, thanks to the undying efforts and enthusiasm of the current minister, Maria Mutagamba.
With little budget, the pageant kicked off and the finalists had a time of their lives, visiting national parks in Uganda. They also got a chance to fly to different parts of the world as the country’s tourism ambassadors.
The competition culminated into a successful grand finale at Sheraton hotel in October, where Barbra Nakitto walked away with the crown. She went on to represent Uganda at Miss Tourism International in Malaysia, where she emerged Miss Friendship.
A year later, the pageant is back, this time with a plan to go regional. Unlike last year where contestants were picked from only central region, this time round, the beauty contest will be taken to the different parts of the country. While officially unveiling this year’s contest at a cocktail held at the Kampala Serena hotel last Friday, Mutagamba revealed that the regional contests would be organized by the regional tourism clusters under the auspice of Uganda Tourism Board (UTB).
According to the requirements, the aspirants must be Ugandan, aged between 18 and 29, with a minimum height of five feet and seven inches tall and must be maximum body size 8 among other qualities. Regional auditions will take place in Busoga, Kigezi, West Nile, Buganda, Ankole, eastern, Karamoja, Rwenzori and northern regions.
The top three girls from each of the clusters will compete for the crown at the grand finale to be held at Serena hotel on October 17, 2014.
Before the finale, the contestants will spend twenty days in boot camp, where they will be trained in public speaking, runway poise, wardrobe, nutrition and exercise, among other skills, which will help the eventual winner stand a chance when she represents the country at Miss Tourism International in Malaysia on December 31.
Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA), Kenya Airways, and Serena hotel are some of this year’s major partners.